President Says U.S. Presence at Milan Expo to Focus on Feeding a Growing Planet

Posted by Beatrice Camp
April 20, 2015
President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Participate in a Joint News Conference in the East Room of the White House

In his April 17 meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, President Obama congratulated Italy and the people of Milan as they prepare to host the 2015 World Expo. This Universal World Exposition, which opens May 1, 2015, in Milan, is expected to draw over 20 million visitors during its six-month run.  

The United States will be a major presence at this next big world’s fair, with a 40,000-square-foot pavilion, a cluster of food trucks, a team of top chefs preparing meals at the James Beard American Restaurant, extensive programming, and 120 multi-lingual college students interacting with visitors.  

While noting the Expo’s food theme and Italy’s renowned culinary reputation, President Obama pointed out that the USA Pavilion and the Expo will also focus on issues crucial to the future.  These include such important questions as “how we feed a growing planet, how we combat hunger and malnutrition, how we put healthy food on our tables.” 

Thanking the President for his remarks, Prime Minister Renzi re-affirmed that the Expo aims to be “a great occasion for the quality of life, the lifestyle, and at the same time, to declare war against poverty,” adding, “It’s just not possible for us to have a world in which one billion people die because they’re obese or because they don’t have enough to eat.  This is what the Expo is going to be, and the presence of the United States will be an element of great importance.” 

About the Author: Beatrice Camp serves as the Coordinator for the USA Pavilion, Milan Expo 2015.

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